This is another old saying, but it’s true: starting out with too much enthusiasm and too little focus is a recipe for disaster. Many students become greatly excited about their topic in the beginning, but any time there are obstacles or challenges, they drop their topic and look for another choice. Challenges, problems, and criticisms will come up, so it is important for you to have a strong focus and steady energy in completing your dissertation. Other students also have high energy and can think of many relevant topics that they are passionate about, but they cannot take the time to become focused and directed on one topic.